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EQT Foundation Partners with Doddridge County Community Foundation

The EQT Foundation is partnering with the Doddridge County Community Foundation to make a lasting and meaningful investment in Doddridge County.  With a gift of $92,000 to the Doddridge County Community Foundation (DCCF), the EQT Foundation is investing in the Foundation’s skill and expertise in growing community endowment, supporting community improvement projects, and providing scholarship assistance to area students.

A portion of the EQT Foundation’s gift will be used to grow the Foundation’s unrestricted community endowment fund, the Doddridge County Grantmaking Fund.  This Fund enables the DCCF to address community needs and invest in new opportunities for Doddridge County residents.  The EQT Foundation’s gift will allow the DCCF to make a larger impact through its bi-annual grant cycle, including in spring 2020.  Organizations interested in applying for grant support can visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Grants, to review grantmaking guidelines and access the online application form. The next application deadline is February 15.

Ellen Rossi from EQT with Rick Oyler from the Doddridge County Community Foundation

The remainder of the EQT Foundation gift will create the EQT Scholarship for Doddridge County graduating high school seniors.  Through this gift, the DCCF will award five $1,000 one-year scholarships and one renewable scholarship (with an annual value of up to $18,000) to Doddridge County students.  To be considered for an EQT Scholarship, applicants must be graduating seniors at Doddridge County High School, or an equivalent home school program, must be Doddridge County residents, and must be pursuing a degree in a field related to the oil & gas industry (for example, computer science/information technology; chemical, civil, or petroleum engineering; energy or land management; environmental science, geology, or safety science).  To see the full scholarship eligibility requirements and to apply using the Foundation’s consolidated scholarship application form, visit the Foundation’s website, www.pacfwv.com/Scholarships.

”The EQT Foundation strives to identify opportunities that impact the communities we serve in powerful ways.  What better way to shape the future than by supporting community needs, as well as the education of tomorrow’s leaders and innovators,” said Ellen Rossi, EQT Foundation Manager.  “We are thrilled to award the community-building grant as well as the scholarship program to the Doddridge County community through the assistance of the Doddridge County Community Foundation.  We look forward to learning more about the exceptional achievements and professional aspirations of this year’s recipients.”

“We are excited to partner with the EQT Foundation and we are grateful for their support for our community improvement efforts,” said Rick Oyler, DCCF Advisory Board Chairman. “This gift from the EQT Foundation will enable us to address critical community needs now, to build long-term resources to meet future needs, and to invest in our community’s next generation.  We applaud EQT Foundation’s commitment to Doddridge County.”

Ellen Rossi from EQT pictured with members of the Doddridge County Community Foundation Advisory Board

 

 

About Doddridge County Community Foundation:

Celebrating 20 years of serving the community, the Doddridge Community Foundation (DCCF) works with charitable individuals to make a positive and permanent commitment for the future of Doddridge County, West Virginia.  DCCF is an affiliate of the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation (PACF). The PACF is a single 501(c)(3) public charity that manages a philanthropic endowment of more than 360 funds amounting to more than $43 million in assets, each representing a unique giving partnership with an individual, a family, or a business, civic or nonprofit organization. The PACF works in partnership with local level organizations (affiliates) to provide leadership and develop philanthropic resources to meet the needs of our 11-county service district. Since 1999, the Doddridge Community Foundation has helped local citizens support the causes that are most important to them and touch every aspect of life in our communities in a wide variety of significant and lasting ways. For more information about the PACF and its affiliate, DCCF, or to learn more about creating your own charitable fund, visit www.pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438.

 

About EQT Foundation:

The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation, one of the nation’s premier natural gas producers, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions.  The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home and takes great pride in the role as both a responsible and responsive corporate citizen.  The EQT Foundation has developed strong partnerships with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. Read more at: www.eqt.com/community/eqt-foundation   

Endowed Scholarship Funds Make Meaningful Impact

If you’re the parent of a college-bound student or a college-bound student yourself, you are more than likely feeling overwhelmed by the college application process and even more so by the costs that are adding up.  To help offset some of these expenses the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) offers several scholarship opportunities for area students. 

“Not only are students and parents worried about tuition and fees, but they are also concerned about costs for books, housing, transportation, and much more,” said Rachel Brezler, PACF’s Regional Scholarships Officer. “We’re here to help parents and students easily navigate through the scholarship process and provide meaningful financial assistance to help pay for college.”

Brezler believes that the scholarship funds managed by the PACF are extremely helpful for students working to achieve their academic goals.  “Scholarship awards are directed straight to the college/university and are directly applied to the student’s account,” said Brezler.  “This approach minimizes administrative details for students and eases financial worries.  We’ve had several recipients comment that the scholarships they received truly helped them focus more on their studies.”

The PACF manages more than 160 endowed scholarship funds, established by forward-thinking citizens, to support students in its 11-county service area.  An endowed scholarship fund with the PACF is a permanent fund in which the principal always remains intact and invested, forever.  Annually, scholarships are awarded from a portion of the income earned on the fund’s earnings.  Each scholarship fund at the Foundation has different eligibility requirements.  Many awards are restricted to students graduating from certain high schools, pursuing select fields of study, or attending specific institutions.  While most existing scholarships are limited to students who are graduating high school seniors, there are a few available for students whose undergraduate degree program is already underway, who are pursuing graduate level education, or who are “non-traditional” students.    

The average cost of college, both public and private, keeps increasing at a slow and steady pace each year.  According to a recent U.S. News and Report article, the average 2018-2019 cost for public, in-state schooling is more than $9,000; public, out-of-state is more than $21,000; and private colleges and universities is more than $35,000.

Last year, the PACF awarded 266 scholarships, totaling more than $331,000, to support area students pursuing post-secondary education.  Currently, the PACF is reviewing applications for its spring 2019 awards. 

As the cost for post-secondary education continues to rise, the PACF encourages individuals concerned about the academic future of our region’s young people to consider partnering with Foundation.  Individuals can volunteer on the PACF’s Scholarship Fund Committee, donate to build a current scholarships fund, or partner with the Foundation to create a new scholarship fund.  Together we can make a meaningful difference for our community’s next generation. 

Contact the PACF today at info@pacfwv.com or call 304-428-4438 for more information.

Scholarships Available for Area Students

 The Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates (PACF) is excited to launch its 2016 Scholarship Application!  The Foundation administers more than 175 scholarship funds for the benefit of students in its 11-county service area (Calhoun, Gilmer, Doddridge, Roane, Wirt, Wood, Ritchie, Jackson, Mason, and Pleasants Counties in West Virginia and Washington County, Ohio).

 Through the Foundation’s online scholarship application, students are given the opportunity to apply for multiple scholarships through one easy application.  To apply, students must visit www.pacfwv.com/scholarships to review the full list of available scholarships and their eligibility criteria.  Students must then proceed to the online application form available at www.pacfwv.com/applications-forms.  This application must be completed and submitted online by midnight on March 3, 2016.

 During the PACF’s 2015 scholarship application process, the Foundation awarded 308 scholarships totaling over $320,000 to our region’s students.  These awards were made possible by many generous donors who established scholarship funds with the Foundation to help our local students fulfill their educational goals.  Each year, more than 215 community volunteers residing throughout the PACF’s service area assist the Foundation in reviewing the submitted scholarship applications.

 “With hundreds of applications, we are very grateful for the volunteer support that we receive each scholarship season,” said PACF’s Regional Scholarship Coordinator, Rachel Brezler.  “It is awe-inspiring to work with donors who are passionate about our region's next generation and helping them achieve their post-secondary education goals.”

 To learn more about the 2016 scholarship application process, please contact the Foundation office by calling 304.428.4438 or by emailing info@pacfwv.com.

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